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“One of the best place to bring your balikbayans/foreign visitors”
Review of Lakes Pandin

Lakes Pandin
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

Every time we have a balikbayan relative or our company has a foreign visitor, I always bring them to this place. Best time to go here is around 10am. It is advisable to contact Ms. Tina ahead to ensure that there is food and available raft upon your arrival. Standard lunch set includes rice, pako slad, grilled tilapia and fresh water shrimp in gata. The desserts here are delicious too but they are selling this seperately.

3  Thank Ghost P
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

Our cousin had heard of this place, she lives in Manila. We had a little difficulty finding it with the GPS - but it was worth the wait.

It's a beautiful lake with cool bamboo rafts, and food prepared for your journey.

Once we were being paddled out on the lake the sun went in and it called. It was a nice reprise from the heat. We had boiled shrimp, rice, bangus and halo halo.

Not to be missed. Young kids assist you with anything you might carry from the car to the lake. Very cute and polite young men working for a tip. We engaged more than we needed - because they were so polite and helpful.

Why not - it's different than what what most westerners are used to.

4  Thank Clinton S
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

No negative thing to say. Felt so relaxed...and even full. Eating grilled pork and fish, shrimps and pako salad with only your hands in the middle of the lake made a perfect combination. Had three stops within 2hrs - grotto, a short trek to view the yambo lake and to ride a tree swing. Hesitant at first but still went for a swim in the lake - no regrets. The place was so quiet and calm and the people were also hospitable and nice. An experience that you'd want to do again.

4  Thank RM P
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Reviewed 22 July 2015

Bamboo rafts are rented out for 2 hours at a time, costing Php180 per person. Bring your own food or place a reservation for the raft and meal package, it's Php360 per head. The food package includes, bottled mineral water, steamed rice, grilled tilapia, fern salad, fried taban and banana.

Life jacket is mandatory for those who'll go swimming.

Fruit flies abound, bring wind proof candles to ward them off.

To get there:
1. Get on a Lucena bound bus, and ask the conductor to drop you off in San Pablo City. Coming from Makati, the trip is about two hours, ticket price is Php120.

2. Beside the 7eleven store near the cathedral is where the jeepneys that will take you to the lake are. Signboard should say "ILOG," and fare is Php8.

3. From the drop off point, there is a 10 minute trek to get to the lake.

16  Thank berjimo
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Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

A spontaneous plan turn out to be a success. We took a trip from Parañaque to San Pablo on a holiday.

We arrived around 3:30pm and we were done around 5:45. From the parking to the lake is around 10-15 min walk. We waited for another 10 minutes for the preparation of food and the raft.

While one our way to the other end of the lake, food was ready to be eaten. First stop was a walk to see lake Yambu. We took a few pictures there. Then proceeded to the small bukal (fresh water spring), bought a souvenir magnet and proceeded to one tree with a baging (big stem of a tree where one can swing). Even if we did not swim, we got our feet wet. Simple day trip that made me smile and appreciate the beauty places in the Philippines can offer. More than that, the tourism was started by women cooperatives of San Pablo. Kudos to Filipino women empowerment.


Here are the fees for the Lake Pandin experience:

Parking: Php 50.00
Tip for the kid who will take you to the lake: Php 40.00 (optional)
Bangka (raft made in bamboo): Php 1,000.00 (couple) this may increase if more in number but inclusive of food (tilapia fish, pako salad, small ginataang shrimp, bananas and rice)
Tip for the Bangkeros (who will sail the boat): Php 100.00 each (2 per raft)

What to bring:
Sunblock if summer/early morning
Umbrella
Shades for protection
Extra water

What to wear:
To and from: rubber shoes/sandals but slippers will do
For swimming: rash guard or swimsuit/board shorts, towel, extra clothes

10  Thank jormae c
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